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• Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, and treats injury or illness with the aim to rehabilitate the body back to normal. Physiotherapists work in a holistic patient-centred approach in order to encourage and support effective treatment.
The assessment will comprise questions and physical examination in order to establish the problem and underlying causes.
Physiotherapists can treat a variety of conditions including acute and chronic pain, soft tissue injuries, neurological conditions, orthopaedic conditions and respiratory conditions. Treatment can consist of hands-on manual therapy, massage, stretches, exercises, advice and education.
Physiotherapy & Osteopathy compared
While osteopaths and physiotherapists are qualified to treat most of the same complaints, the difference between the two professions can be seen through their training pathways and underlying philosophies. Osteopaths train for a minimum of 4 years and mainly go into private practice seeing a wide range of patients, while physiotherapists train for 3 which includes placements in a range of specialist NHS services. Physiotherapists continue to grow their expertise within clinical NHS settings and may also branch into the private sector.
Both professions have protected titles, meaning that only qualified and registered practitioners can use the title. Physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and adhere to its guidelines. Osteopaths are members of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) and adhere to their regulations and guidelines. Both bodies require both professions to continue ongoing training called Continued Professional Development (CPD), which will go on to affect the direction of their practice, and the skills they can then employ for their patients.
Both osteopaths and physiotherapists diagnose their patient's condition through a case history taking and physical assessment before tailoring treatment specific for them. Both use hands-on techniques including massage, joint mobilisation and stretching as part of treatment. Osteopaths are trained to use High Velocity Thrust (HVT) techniques to improve the motion available through joints while this is not standard for physiotherapists. Exercise prescription and other advice specific to each patient is provided as a matter of routine by both professions.
The range of conditions treated by both professions is very similar, with both being very skilled in dealing with conditions relating to dysfunction of muscles and joints. The choice of practitioner therefore is probably best made by reading the practitioner profile and reviewing their website.
Experienced Complementary Therapists at Bethnal Green East London E2. Offering osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, a range of massage therapies, homeopathy, counselling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, reflexology, metamorphic technique. Covering Hackney E8/E9, Bow E3, Mile End E3, London Fields E8, Stratford E5, Stepney E1, Shoreditch E1, Spitalfields, Docklands, Victoria Park E9, and the City of London.